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Timeline of Flood Maps

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  • The Dare County Board of Commissioners adopted the revised Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) on May 5, 2020.   
  • The effective date of the new maps is June 19, 2020. The maps can be used for flood insurance rating purposes on or after the this date. 

Although the FIRMs have been finalized by the federal government, Dare County and all local municipalities are required to adopt the maps. The local towns will be taking similar action over the next few weeks to adopt the maps also.   

The Dare County Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance (FDPO) was updated in conjunction with the revised FIRMs. The Dare County ordinance only applies in the unincorporated areas of Dare County. Town ordinances apply in their jurisdictions. The revisions to the Dare County FDPO include a local elevation standard that applies in unincorporated Dare County in designated Shaded X or X zones on the revised FIRMs. This local elevation standard establishes a regulatory flood elevation level of 8 feet for Shaded X and X zones.   A freeboard  of 3 feet is established for AE and AO flood zones designated on the revised FIRMs and a one foot freeboard for VE zones.           

The revised FIRMs may be viewed at the NC Flood Risk Mapping System webpage at